By Brian J. Smith, AP Canada’s largest papermaker company, Camas, is launching a program aimed at preparing children for life in the manufacturing industry.
The company says the new program, which is being launched in Manitoba and Alberta, will be a three-week intensive course, with a final class of 10 students.
The course will be offered for a full year, starting in April.
Camas’ president and CEO, Mike Leach, says the goal is to train students in how to make products from scratch, with an emphasis on the use of natural materials.
He says the company is also working with educators in Ontario and Saskatchewan to develop an online training course.
Leach says the Camas Papermaker Education Program, or PEP, is designed to be a valuable resource for parents.
He says there is a demand for it, and that the company will take on a number of projects.
Leaper says Camas expects the PEP to generate $1 million in revenue this year.